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The Best List of Games for Kids | Old Fashioned and New Games

Games for kids don’t have to cost the earth or involve the latest technology! We’ve got a bunch of classics from our own childhood as well as some new ring-ins from the modern era right here. A sure-fire cure for the I’M BORED shouts that take place on the holidays, the weekends, the afternoons, the mornings and well – any time! (Why are these kids so bored all the time?!)

Old Fashioned Games For Kids

Get ready to get your nostalgia on as the kids let loose on some of these old classics.


Sometimes known as four square or downball, handball is a perennial classic that’s a hangover from our own childhood. Life was never as sweet as when you got to KING, and you never felt a shame so real as being sent back to DUNCE.

Read our IN-DEPTH study on how to play the best handball right here! 

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Sardines is a classic along the lines of Hide and Seek but with a cheeky twist. There is one hider and everyone else is a seeker. When you find the hider, instead of pulling them out of their hiding place you hide with them – crammed in like sardines! Eventually everyone is in the hiding place giggling away leaving one lone seeker. It’s fun, it’s silly and it’s inventive.

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Red Rover

When it comes to games for kids, the stakes are never higher than during a brutal game of Red Rover. Children try to get from one side of the yard to the other and are chased and stopped by the opposing team. You MIGHT want to have a little talk about getting too competitive as spirits can get very high during this one!

Looking for some really great party games ideas? Check out our wrap up right here! 


A dark backyard, a couple fo torches and you’re all set! Spotlight is hide and seek played with torches and it is seriously fun. There’s something really exhilarating for kids about playing in the yard after the sun’s gone down. Definitely a super-fun family activity that will earn you some cool points.

Going on a road trip? Check out our best car games for kids! 

Games for kids – what’s your favourite?

Got any ideas we can add to our list? We’re thinking something low cost (preferably free), easy to explain and fun to play. If you’ve got something that matches that criteria we’re all for it! Let us know.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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